I am excited to welcome Jennifer Hubbard today! She is the author of The Secret Year, which comes out this Thursday, the 7th. Jennifer R. Hubbard lives and writes near Philadelphia. You can find Jennifer on the web at: www.jenniferhubbard.com
What would you say your favorite thing along the road to publication was?
Getting my cover was a real high point. I think Sam Kim, the designer, caught the spirit of the book perfectly.
If The Secret Year was made into a movie, who would you see as Colt and the other characters?
People ask me this a lot, but the truth is that I don’t see a lot of TV or movies, and I have no idea. It’s probably just as well, because I don’t think authors get a lot of input into movie casting!
I noticed you like to hike, is there a place you’d love to travel to someday just for the purpose of hiking?
My husband and I do this every year, on our vacations. We especially like the national parks in the Western US; Mount Rainier is probably my favorite.
I haven’t had the opportunity to go to Mount Rainier, but Wyoming and Colorado are gorgeous! Now, what would you say your favorite punctuation mark is?
The question mark. Not only is the curlicue attractive, but the question mark leads to such interesting possibilities. It’s open-ended; it’s curious.
When you’re writing do you have any rituals you have to follow?
I don’t have to, but I prefer to, switch on my music and have a bite of chocolate at the start of a writing session.
As you were writing The Secret Year, did you have a favorite character to write? On the same note, was there a character that was harder for you to write than the others?
Colt’s voice came naturally, which is good because the book is written from his point of view. Kirby and Michael were the hardest for me to grasp. I had to make sure I understood their motivations at all times. And when they had internal conflicts, I had to be sure I knew which side of them was prevailing, and why, at any given moment.
Check back all week for more The Secret Year posts and fun!